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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a visa?

: According to the EU Visa Code, the maximum case processing time cannot exceed 15 days, or in exceptional cases 30 or 60 days, respectively.

The Embassy aims to issue a visa within 15 days provided that we have full and satisfactory information and documentation about the applicant.

Please note: You do not need to contact us about your application unless you have important new information.

When should I hand in my visa application?

Answer: Planning ahead and handing in the application as soon as possible is always a good idea since unforeseen problems, such as incomplete documentation, may arise and prolong the case processing time. However, a visa application cannot be accepted if handed in more than 3 months before the intended departure.

How long can I remain in the Schengen area if I hold a short-term Schengen visa?

Answer: A visa normally grants you the right to stay in the entire Schengen region for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. This period begins when you first enter the Schengen area.

Do I need to submit the original invitation letter?
Answer: Yes. The reference - in business cases - must also e-mail a PDF copy directly to the Embassy. All letters must be signed and stamped. Please note that it is also possible to make an online invitation, and in this case it is not necessary to send a copy directly to the embassy. However, you need to send us a physical copy of the invitation code (print screen) which you will receive after applying online. Information about online invitation letters

Can I apply for a visa with a validity longer than six months?

Answer: Tick 'Multiple Entries' in field 24 of the application form and write underneath that you wish for a long validity visa e.g. "I would like to have a 1 year visa.". You can also write your request for a long validity visa in a cover letter that you submit with your application.

Whether a visa for longer term can be issued depends on an assessment of the application.

Do I need to pay a fee to arrange an appointment or to obtain visa application forms?

Answer: No. Saudi, Bahraini and non-Saudi/non-Bahraini residents applying for short-term tourist, business or transit Schengen visas for Denmark and Iceland can submit their applications at the VFS centres with prior appointment.

The hand-out of application forms and information material as well as the arrangement of an appointment is free of charge.

Do I need a signature on the dispatch letter and invitation letter?

Answer: Yes. All letters from Saudi, Bahraini, Danish and Icelandic companies must be signed.

Do I need to apply for a visa in person?

Answer: Applicants need to appear in person for the collection of the biometric data: ten fingerprints and a photograph are collected from persons applying for a visa.   

Before the recording of the photo applicants may be asked to remove glasses or adjust head coverings if they hide facial features.

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints, including:   

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible
  • Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose. 

The introduction of biometric data is part of the Schengen Visa Information System (VIS). For more information about VIS, fingerprints, data protection and legal background, please see Visa Information System (VIS) factsheet here.  

Applications submitted by letter will be returned to sender. 
Requests for dispensations must be directed by e-mail to the Visa Section at the Embassy.


The e-mail must contain the full name of the applicant, who needs dispensation. This applicant must be able to prove that he or she has been to Schengen before and had their biometrics taken and followed the length of stay of the previous visa.

Can I travel with a visa issued in my old/expired passport?

Answer: In principle you can travel with visa issued in expired passport. However, the Embassy recommends that the applicant has the visa transferred to the new passport at the representation, where it was issued to avoid any problems when travelling.

Do I need travel insurance?

: Yes. Proof of health insurance is to be submitted along with your visa application. The following three items must be covered by the insurance:

1. repatriation for medical reasons;
2. urgent medical attention;
3. emergency hospital treatment.

It is preferable that the minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 is not divided up into these items. However, if this is the case, the minimum sum insured for each item should as a main rule be EUR 10,000. Importantly, the insurance must cover the effective period that you stay in Denmark/Schengen.

My application was sent to the Danish Immigration Service. Why?

: There could be various reasons for this. Each application is evaluated individually and based on the applicant’s profile, including purpose of visit and intention to return.

The Danish Embassy will decide to grant a visa “bona fide”, or send the application to the Danish Immigration Service for further investigation (e.g. verification of Danish reference, family/friend relations, previous stays/overstays in the Schengen area, risk of illegal immigration and more).

I received my visa, but how do I read the sticker?

: It is crucial that you check the information on the sticker before travelling as the Danish representation cannot be held liable if a mistake has occurred when printing the visa sticker. How to read your sticker

There is a difference between the number of days in my sticker and the total period of stay (from..until). How long can I stay in Schengen?

You are allowed to stay in Schengen for the number of days in the field 'DURATION OF STAY………DAYS'. The period 'FROM - UNTIL' is longer to allow flexibility regarding entry and exit within the mentioned period in case of emergency. So the total stay must never exceed the number of days in 'DURATION OF STAY………DAYS'.

I am a family member of a EU/EEA/Swiss citizen. What rules apply for me?

Answer: Family members of an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen who is exercising his/her right to free movement in Denmark have the right to have their visa application processed in accordance with EU regulations.

More information is available on the website of the Danish Immigration Service.

What is a legalisation?

: A legalisation is a confirmation from a legal authority that the signature on a document is genuine. A legalisation does not have anything to do with the contents of a document, and merely confirms the signature is genuine.

What is a verification?

: A verification is typically used as proof that a photocopy is a true copy of the original document. Verification does not have anything to do with the contents of a document, and merely confirms that it is a true copy.

Am I allowed to work in the Schengen area if I hold a short-term Schengen visa?

: No. A short-term visa does not allow you to take up employment or establish a business, trade or profession in the Schengen region. However, during visits of less than 3 months you may carry out certain work-related activities without holding a work permit. More information is available on the website of the
Danish Immigration Service about visas and work permits.

I already hold a valid Schengen visa (have not used up all the days on the visa), but wish to apply for a complement new visa. What do I do?

Answer: You must submit a normal application for a new visa at the embassy of the issuing country.